Kind and tough
"Only in books the flat and final happens,
Only in dreams we meet and interlock…"
Philip Larkin (via observando)
I had a fun-filled adventure at the heart of Manila last Saturday with my friends Aaron and Gladness. Aaron is a good friend and he’s friends with Gladness, whom I met in July. Yesterday was only the second time I’ve met Gladness but she was really nice and it felt like we were long-time friends because of how easy-going it was with her. We met at Vito Cruz LRT station and we rode together all the way to Carriedo. From there, we walked towards Escolta.
Our itinerary for the day was this:
There was a lot of walking involved, but there were more stories and laughter. Saturday x Future Market is a monthly bazaar organized by the creatives from 98B Collaboratory, a group of independent artists with head office based in Escolta.
Saturday x Future Market is held at the Mezzanine floor of First United Building along Escolta St. in Binondo. First United is an old structure that must’ve had a really colorful history and is now being brought to life thanks to the initiative of 98B. Here are photos from Google to help you visualize the place
This was one of the first booths I saw and it spoke the truth.
The weather was perfect yesterday - cloudy with a chance of breeze. It didn’t rain and it wasn’t scorching. We were lucky. The Market was filled with all stuff cute. From old books to handmade accessories to stickers and posters and notebooks and pre-loved clothes and vintage vinyls and cassette tapes and vintage ads and tote bags and statement shirts - everything was there. The artists themselves are the ones selling and curating their creations. It was very much like the PMQ market in Hong Kong which I was lucky to have visited in June.
PMQ and Saturday x Future Market have striking similarities: both are located in an old building and are filled with thriving young create-preneurs. I’m just not sure if SxFM enjoys the same government support and subsidy as PMQ. In all fairness to us Pinoys, SxFM has been around as early as last year, whereas PMQ was established early this year.
After a little shopping, we walked to Ongpin to have lunch at Wai Ying, upon Gladness’ recommendation. The place was packed and we were fourth in line so we waited for about 20 minutes before being seated. The wait was worth it because service was fast, food was great and the serving was large. I ordered dumpling mami, sharksfin dumping and milk tea. Their milk tea is the best I’ve ever had! At the end of the meal, Aaron surprised us all by saying he’ll take care of the bill. Gladness and I insisted we’ll share but he insisted we don’t. Okay, thank you.
After lunch, we walked back to Escolta for some more SxFM goodness. As we were walking, I saw a Korean ice cream shop and I couldn’t resist it. I asked them to stop and I went inside to buy ice cream for the three of us. Aaron and I had the ice cream sandwich and Glad had the green tea popsicle. Yummers! Only Gladness was able to finish her ice cream because as we were walking to the famous fried siopao store, a group of street kids ganged up on us and asked for our ice cream, which Aaron and I ended up giving to them. Unexpectedly, we also saw our officemate Jonaz who was with his parents and his girlfriend. I have a strong feeling they’re in Binondo to buy their wedding rings!
After a little more ikot-ikot in SxFM, we walked all the way to Quiapo where Aaron bought his camera stuff. Thanks to my haggling skillz, we got a P300 discount on all the purchases. Hehe. The three of us were in full alert mode while walking in Quiapo and I’m just so proud that we left the place unscathed and with all things intact with us. Hehe. But there was a scary scene right in front of the Quiapo church where I stopped to buy bubbles for Nikolai and suddenly a man was beside me asking for alms. He had a really creepy-looking smile and deep inside I was terrified to get my wallet and pay for the bubbles because I felt like the man would just grab it from me and run. Thankfully, that dreaded scenario didn’t happen and the man just walked away. Am I such a bad person for having such thoughts? Don’t know. But Aaron and Gladness also felt the tension and said the man really was scary.
All too soon, the awesome day ended and it was time for us three to part ways. Gladness said we should have a Kapitolyo adventure next time and I hope it pushes through. By the time I got home, I was on a natural high and my happiness even ballooned a gazillion times when I saw that I finally have my very own bedside bookshelf which was installed earlier the day.
Thank you, Mommy! I love it almost as much as I love you!
We went out for lunch today to celebrate my brother’s successful thesis defense. After lunch, my brother and I had a silly fight that our parents just laughed at. When we got home, my brother and I were back to regular programming and it’s like nothing happened.
I am very happy with my little shopping spree today. Books are among the very few things I willingly spend for. Mommy promised me my very own bookshelf soon and I am very much looking forward to it. Right now my books are kept in a small cabinet and as they continue to increase in number, they definitely need a new home. I hope they can move in within the year.
After almost a year, I watched an episode of F-R-I-E-N-D-S again and it was, as usual, hilarious. It even momentarily helped forget the anxiety we’ve all been feeling at home because my brother still hasn’t come home since last night when they started preparing for their thesis defense today. I am both worried and angry because he couldn’t even be bothered to send us one text message just to let us know he’s alive. Forget about the thesis defense results, just let us know where you are. We finally got word about him when my parents connived with one of his friends and asked him to text my brother. My brother so very graciously replied to his friend! We’ve been texting and calling him for hours and no single reply and his friends texts him and he answers right away. My disbelief is unbelievable. But no matter how angry I may seem, or how inconsiderate I think he is, I still wish him the best. I hope he and his groupmates were able to successfully defend their thesis which, in fairness, they’ve all been working hard for these past few months.